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Stay in touch with our admissions team, know when our Open Day is and be reminded when to submit your registration!


Durston House was established in 1886 and has been providing an outstanding education in an inclusive, warm and dynamic environment ever since.


From the Reception year at Durston, pupils emerge as creative, resilient and adventurous learners, ready for the years ahead.

1. Visit Us

Private tours are available throughout the term on request. These are held during the School Day giving visitors the opportunity to see the classes in action, with children going about their daily lessons and activities. To arrange a visit please contact our Registrar, Mrs Caroline Ferns to book: / 020 8991 6532.

In September 2023 we are going co-ed & we will be opening a Pre-School provision!

Open Days & Visits

2. Registration

Entry to Durston House at Reception is non-selective. There is no formal assessment of pupils at this age. We recommend you register as early as possible to have the best chance of securing a place.

Complete the PDF Registration Form via the link below, and return to the Registrar, by email or post.

Registration for a place is conditional on payment of the non-returnable Registration Fee (£100).

Siblings (of those already at the school) are given priority. Our Admissions Policy can be viewed here.

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3. Offers And Acceptance

Once your Registration is complete, you have the option to guarantee your son a place at Reception by paying our Acceptance Fee of £1,800. Subsequently, remaining places up to a maximum of 48 are offered, in order of registration in September, a year before your son would start. Parents are then asked to confirm their acceptance of the place by paying the Acceptance Fee of £1,800. Just before offers are sent out in September, all parents who are registered will be invited to a Taster Afternoon, which you may attend with your child.

4. Starting At Durston

We hold a ‘Welcome to Durston’ afternoon, to which new pupils are invited. This takes place in the Summer Term before entry. This will be an opportunity for your child to meet the Reception Teachers and Teaching Assistants. There will also be a meeting during this term where parents can meet the staff and ask any questions they may have.

From the Reception year at Durston, pupils emerge as creative, resilient and adventurous learners, ready for the years ahead.

1. Visit Us

Come and visit us to see first-hand the happy, motivated pupils as they go about their learning. You will be offered an individual tour and  meet the Headmaster and staff from all parts of the school.

If you require any further help or would like to book a place, please contact the school’s Registrar (Caroline Ferns):

Telephone: 0208 991 6532

Open Days & Visits

2. Registration

Admission to Year 1-8 depends on availability of places and is based on a written assessment, interview and reference from the pupil’s current school. The purpose of both is to see if a prospective boy is academically suited to the rigours of life at Durston House.

To register your interest for a place at Durston House, please use the Apply link below, and our Registrar will contact you to take you through the next steps to complete the registration.


3. Offers and Acceptance

Subject to the outcome of the assessment and satisfactory reference, a place is offered. Prospective pupils with brothers already in the school are given priority. To accept the place, prospective parents complete the Acceptance Form and pay the Acceptance Fee of £1,800. Further information about the offer and acceptance of places can be found in the Admissions Policy, downloadable below.

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4. Starting at Durston House

We hold a ‘New Parents and Pupil’ Meeting during the first week of July, offering pupils an opportunity to spend time in the classroom and for the parents to meet with the Director of Studies (Years 5-8), the Head of Junior School (Years 3-4) and the Head of Pre-Prep (Years 1-2), to go through information and expectations for their child’s start.